6 Prayers When You Can’t See the Road Ahead

6 Prayers When You Can't See the Road Ahead

I learned how to drive on the backroads of a small mountain town. Some of the roads were sophisticated with painted lines. Others were the simple tar-and-gravel variety with loose rocks and vague boundaries. The curves were sharp and the shoulders narrow. Wild animals crept from the boundaries of the woods, and the domesticated variety broke free from their fences. I remember rounding a curve one night to find a brown cow standing nonchalantly in the middle of the road. She had no plans to move, so we had to drive around her.

Some nights, a thick fog descended on the north side of the mountain where I lived. I remember making my way home from basketball games in the eerie gray created when dense fog meets the black of night. My headlights did little to cut through the visual barrier. My hands ached from my tight grip on the steering wheel. The muscles in my neck tensed as I leaned forward to try to see better. I knew the road was there, I just couldn’t see it clearly enough to drive ahead with any level of confidence.

Transitions in life can seem like those dark and foggy mountain roads. While we are certain a paved road lies ahead, fear and doubt blur our vision. I know God has a plan for my life; I can trust him with my future. However, I do not know what tomorrow holds. I cannot see the curves in the road. Maybe I’ll miss my turn or err too far toward the shoulder.

When the road ahead is clear, I too often cruise along without consulting God. But, in these times of unseeing, I drop to my knees. I become dependent on God’s guidance for my every move. God’s Word provides direction when you can’t see the road ahead. Using Scripture as our guide, these prayers can boost our faith to face the mysteries before us.

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6 Prayers When You Can't See the Road Ahead

6 Prayers When You Can’t See the Road Ahead

 

Begin with praise, recognizing the power and authority of God.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” (Ps. 68:19, ESV)

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17, ESV)

 

Take your eyes off of the road and fix them on God.

“We are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chron. 20:12, ESV)

 

Ask God for wisdom and direction.

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are my God and my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 24:4-5, NIV)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5, ESV)

 

Recommit to follow God’s plan, whatever that may be.

“I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14, ESV)

 

Rest in the peace that comes when we replace our unknowing with God’s all-knowing.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you; he will neither fail or abandon you.” (Deut. 31:8, NLT)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7, NIV)

 

Thank God for holding you firmly in the palm of his hand.

“Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” (Exodus 33:21-22, ESV)

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10, ESV)

 

Friend, even if you can’t see what is ahead, you can be sure that God has your path clearly marked. Through prayer, we can find peace in the uncertainty. We can fix our eyes on the one who guides us with his perfect wisdom. We place our hands in the hand of the one who leads us in perfect love. Let’s step forward in faith that God sees what we cannot. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7, ESV).

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